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Camogie Calls it a Sliotar

Camogie is an all female sport that is played all over the world but is very prominent in Ireland. Camogie is Hurling but for women. Players to use a wooden stick called a hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar  between the opponents’ goalposts. If the ball goes over the crossbar, the scoring team earns one point. If the ball goes under the crossbar into a net guarded by a goalkeeper, the scoring team earns one goal, which is equivalent to three points.

The sliotar can be caught in the hand and carried up to four steps, struck in the air, or struck on the ground with the hurley. It can be kicked or slapped with an open hand (the hand pass) for short-range passing. A player who wants to carry the ball for more than four steps has to bounce or balance the sliotar on the end of the stick and the ball can only be handled twice while in his possession.

Even though this game is hurling, the rules and regulations for the camogie equipment are different:

7. Equipment

7.3. The Sliotar

The weight of the sliotar must be 90-110 grams and it must be 21 cm in Circumference (size 4). Sliotars produced by manufacturers that are approved by the Camogie Association/GAA must be used.


Official Playing Rules – http://www.camogie.ie/files/Administration%20Section/Playing%20Rules%202014.pdf
Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hurling
Photo – www.ulstercamogie.ie

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